Malik Detained Ahead of Massacre Anniversary

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yasin Malik  was arrested by police Friday afternoon to thwart any attempts by him to lead memorial services for the victims of Gawkadal massacre on January 21 in 1990.

52 people, all civilians, were gunned down and over 200 injured when security force opened fire on people protesting widespread night raids on their homes in 1990 at Gaw Kadal area of the city.

Both factions of the Hurriyat Conference and JKLF, spearheading the agitation since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces at Anantnag, had called for strike in the area only on Saturday.

The separatist had asked people of Gaw Kadal, including Maisuma and adjoining areas to observe strike and offer “ Fateha” for martyrs.

A spokesman of the front said that a team of police arrested Malik from his Maisuma house this after and later shifted him to Central Jail, Srinagar, he said.

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